Media Matters

Pat Butler, CEO of Association of Public Television Stations


Patrick Butler, public TV's new chief lobbyist, wrote speeches for President Gerald Ford, was a founder of the Pew Research Center, and helped provide Ken Burns with funding for his acclaimed Civil War documentary series. Butler started work as president of the Association of Public Television Stations Jan. 1 [2011]. The APTS leader has represented major media firms in Washington - the Washington Post Co. for 18 years, and before that Times Mirror Co. and RCA. Join Bob and Director of Created Content for Illinois Public Media, WILL Radio and TV Online as they discuss the role of federal funding in Public Broadcasting.